Life sentence for 'career' Elgin criminal
A 47-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after being convicted of an October 2011 armed robbery of a Little Caesars Pizza on Elgin's near west side. It was the third Class X felony conviction for Charles Fleming, of the 300 block of Washington Street, which triggered a mandatory life term. Fleming served prison time for armed robberies in 2000 and 2008 in Cook County. Full story.
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Two injured in motorcycle crash on I-90
Two people were injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday evening on westbound I-90. Capt. Scott Peirson of the Des Plaines Fire Department said the crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. between Lee Street and the Des Plaines oasis. Neither victim suffered life-threatening injuries. Full story.
Addison gang prohibited from entering certain areas, meeting in public
A circuit court judge issued a permanent injunction against an Addison gang that prohibits members of the gang from going to certain areas of the village and from having any public contact with each other, among other restrictions. The injunction also seeks to have the defendants pay $80,000 to offset the cost the village has incurred in combating the gang. Full story.
Man beaten, robbed of iPhone 5 at gunpoint
A 36-year-old Elgin man has been charged with robbing a man of his iPhone 5 over the weekend and then beating him in a stairwell at a Carpentersville apartment complex. Brian Jones, of the 800 block of Bode Road, was being held at the Kane County jail on $100,000 bond, meaning he must post $10,000 to be released while his case is pending. Full story.
Police: 3 admit involvement in Waukegan armed robberies
A 19-year-old man and two juveniles are in custody after admitting to their involvement in four armed robberies in Waukegan last month, according to police. The robberies occurred in the vicinity of McAree Road and Ridgeland Avenue between Sept. 17 and 27, with victims ranging from age 14 to 71. The three were found in possession of knives and bandannas designed to conceal their identity on Monday, police said. Full story.
Charges upgraded in case of gun at PGA event
Charges have been upgraded for a former Indiana police officer who authorities say brought a concealed weapon into a professional golf tournament in Lake Forest last month. Mark Fedder, 48, who police said was from Westmont but was later determined to be from Osceola, Ind., now faces a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon for trying to enter the BMW Championship at Conway Farms with a handgun, authorities say. Full story.
A couple of thunderstorms are expected this afternoon with a high of 82 degrees. Temperatures will hover around 63 degrees this morning, and dip back to 67 degrees tonight. Full story.
Construction continues on Route 83 between Third Avenue and East Higgins Road near Des Plaines. Full traffic.
Derrick Rose says mom would get killed on the court
The latest revelation shared by Derrick Rose is that he would run over his own mother to get to the hoop. This came about when Rose was asked Wednesday if he's anxious for Saturday's preseason opener at Indiana. "I'm a guy where whoever's on the court, I'm going to go at them," he said. "If it's my teammates ... it could be my mom on the court. She's going to get killed." Full story.
Punter on the hot seat
The Bears brought six free-agent punters for tryouts this week after Adam Podlesh's poor performance Sunday in the loss to Detroit. They haven't replaced him yet, but the message has been sent and received. Full story.